Working Girl (TV series)
|Created by||Kimberly Hill|
|Written by||Sandy Frank|
Vicki S. Horwitz
|Directed by||Robert Berlinger|
Anthony Tyler Quinn
|Theme music composer||Carly Simon|
|Opening theme||"Let the River Run"|
|Composer||W. G. Snuffy Walden|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Kenneth Kaufman|
|Producers||Vicki S. Horwitz|
|Editors||Leslie Dennis Bracken|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies||Patchett Kaufman Entertainment|
20th Century Fox Television
|Original release||April 16 –|
July 30, 1990
Working Girl is an American sitcom television series that aired on NBC from April 16 to July 30, 1990. Loosely based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Melanie Griffith, the series stars Sandra Bullock as Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith's character in the film), in a role that was initially meant for Nancy McKeon.
Tess McGill is a spunky, independent secretary who has suddenly become a junior executive after she charms company owner A.J. Trask. Tess' first challenge is to survive working with her antagonistic, uptight immediate boss, Mrs. Bryn Newhouse, otherwise known as the "company witch." Tess's best friend, Lana Peters, is a secretary who is more interested in doing her nails and rooting for Tess than in getting ahead herself. Meanwhile, Everett Rutledge is a fellow junior executive who is charming but eager to please. Libby Wentworth is Tess's world-wise "permanent temporary" secretary who is also a moonlighting musician. Back home each night on Staten Island, Tess has to contend with her doting parents, Joe and Fran. Tess also has to contend with Sal Pascarella, the blue-collar neighborhood Romeo who constantly pursues her.
Reception and cancelation
Debuting as a midseason replacement, Working Girl drew low ratings and was canceled after eight of the twelve episodes produced aired.
- Sandra Bullock as Tess McGill
- Patrick Brock as Office Regular
- Nana Visitor as Bryn Newhouse
- Judy Prescott as Lana Peters
- George Newbern as Everett Rutledge
- Eyde Byrde as Libby Wentworth
- Tom O'Rourke as A.J. Trask
- Anthony Tyler Quinn as Sal Pascarella
- David Schramm as Joe McGill
- B.J. Ward as Fran McGill
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Dream On"||Matthew Diamond||Lawrence Konner, Robin Schiff||April 16, 1990|
|2||"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"||Matthew Diamond||Vicki S. Horwitz||April 23, 1990|
|3||"A Friend in Need"||Matthew Diamond||Lisa Rosenthal||April 30, 1990|
|4||"McJoe's"||Matthew Diamond||Sandy Frank||May 7, 1990|
|5||"It's Only Love"||Matthew Diamond||Robin Schiff||May 14, 1990|
|6||"Hungry Heart"||Unknown||Vicki S. Horwitz||July 16, 1990|
|7||"Just One of Those Things"||Matthew Diamond||Robin Schiff||July 23, 1990|
|8||"We Can Work It Out"||Unknown||Rachel Gamss||July 30, 1990|
|9||"Get Back (a.k.a. Back in the Saddle Again)"||TBD||Story edited by Sandy Frank||UNAIRED|
|10||"Two's a Crowd"||TBD||Sandy Frank, Lawrence Konner, Lisa Rosenthal, Robin Schiff||UNAIRED|
|11||"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"||TBD||Vicki S. Horwitz||UNAIRED|
|12||"Oh, Brother"||TBD||Story by : Lawrence Konner|
Teleplay by : Beverly Archer
The series was created by Kimberly Hill and Tom Patchett. Kenneth Kaufman and Tom Patchett served as executive producers.
"Let the River Run" (which was also featured in the motion picture) was the series' theme song.
The series briefly reran on TV Land in the 1990s after Bullock became a major motion-picture star.
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- Working Girl at IMDb
- 1990 American television series debuts
- 1990 American television series endings
- 1990s American sitcoms
- 1990s American workplace comedy television series
- English-language television shows
- NBC original programming
- Live action television shows based on films
- Television series by 20th Century Fox Television
- Television shows set in New York City